The Scene: Century City went mad with celebrities, VIPs and paparazzi Monday night for the premiere at the Cineplex Odeon of the new Constantin Costa-Gavras film, "Mad City," starring Dustin Hoffman, John Travolta, Mia Kirshner and Alan Alda. This is a film with a message, and the message is the media, or "the paparazzification of the media," as Costa-Gavras describes this hostage drama about a TV reporter (Hoffman) who makes the news happen at the same time he reports it. The throng then made its way to Chasen's.
Who Was There: Costa-Gavras, Travolta (with wife Kelly Preston), Hoffman and Kirshner were there, along with the producer, Arnold Kopelson. Also spotted were Sean Penn, Charlize Theron, Sinbad, Cuba Gooding Jr., Jackie Collins and, holding up the music industry's end, Carole Bayer-Sager, David Foster and Olivia Newton-John.
Chow: Along Came Mary catered a pre-Thanksgiving buffet of carved turkey with yams, gravy and stuffing along with scallops, sausages and ravioli. The dessert buffet heaped on another mother lode of calories.
Reality Bites: The irony of working on a film that portrays the press as a pack of unscrupulous, camera-wielding vultures and then running into something of the same at the premiere lent a certain poignancy to the event.